Most glorious Lord of Life that on this day

Most glorious Lord of Life that on this day

Author: Edmund Spenser
Published in 20 hymnals

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1 Most glorious Lord of life, that on this day
didst make thy triumph over death and sin,
and having harrowed hell, didst bring away
captivity thence captive, us to win:

2 This joyous day, dear Lord, with joy begin,
and grant that we for whom thou diddest die,
being with thy dear blood clean washed from sin,
may live for ever in felicity:

3 And that thy love we weighing worthily,
may likewise love thee for the same again;
and for thy sake, who dost all grace supply,
with love may one another entertain;

4 So let us love, dear Love, like as we ought;
love is the lesson which the Lord us taught.

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #210

Author: Edmund Spenser

Spenser, Edmund (born 1552; died 1599), has a right to his place in this work extrinsically and intrinsically. Extrinsically his odes, entitled by himself Fowre Hymnes, give us a connecting link with Chaucer; and intrinsically they are of "the brave translunary things" that ought long since to have introduced much in them to the Church's Hymnology. Spenser in the outset acknowledged Chaucer for his "dere maister;" and throughout there are echoes and re-echoes of him. Specifically in relation to the Foure Hymn, the Compleynt of Pite must have been carried by the youthful Spenser to Hurstwood and the Pendle district, or was found in one or other of the contemporary oultured Spenser households there. The Compleyn is of "Love," as is Spenser's… Go to person page >



FARLEY CASTLE, composed by Henry Lawes (b. Dinton, Wiltshire, England, 1596; d. London, England, 1662), was first published in treble and bass parts as a setting for Psalm 72 in George Sandys's Paraphrase upon the Divine Poems (1638). In the British tradition the tune is used as a setting for Horati…

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Instances (1 - 7 of 7)

Ancient and Modern #210


Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #215

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Common Praise #151

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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #452


Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise #215


The Cyber Hymnal #4330

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The New English Hymnal #255

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